For the Harry Potter lovers saga (like me), August is also the month in which the re-readings of the saga was made, waiting for September 1, the day in which from platform 9 and ¾, at 11 o’clock, the Hogwarts Express will leave (only Muggles… Uhm… not magic persons don’t know it).
Waiting for this magical moment, I decided to dedicate the month of August to the Harry Potter-themed wedding (more themed wedding will come).
Every week I will propose you a palette and decor solutions based on your Home (Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, Slytherin, and Hufflepuff) with some tips for a themed wedding.
Now, with regards to themed-weddings, there are two problems:
- spouses do not always have a sufficient number of guests able to appreciate the theme and,
- secondly, in the excitement of the wedding, they risk overdoing (the mix spouses + fan is lethal), transforming the themed-wedding into a mix of Halloween and Comic-con under the puzzled gaze of guests.
Among the reasons that led me to create Petit Design, there is also the idea that we can bring magic even in the real world without appearing “childish”.
It’s all about proportions: just like Grimmauld Place, you can create wonderful things under Muggle eyes without them noticing. Small traces of magic are enough. To understand what I mean, follow me in the first house: Ravenclaw.
Ravenclaw was founded by Rowena Ravenclaw, a brilliant witch who loved studying above all things. Her students, like her, love study, knowledge and are often eccentric. Among them, we have Luna Lovegood, Cho Chang, but also Professor Quirrell and Gilderoy Lockhart too.
The common room is in a tower and Pottermore describes it full of books and with the ceiling decorated with stars.
Ravenclaw’s house colors are blue and bronze, which will accompany us in the declination of the imagined palettes for themed weddings.
The good news is that these combinations are very popular so it is not difficult to find decorations and inspirations.
Our first combination is inspired by dark blue, similar to the night sky, in a very simple and elegant industrial style. White flowers make a contrast with the blue fabrics like the suit of the groom, the ribbon for the bride’s bouquet (something blue), the tablecloths, napkins or runners as well as invitations, menus, and the wedding stationery can help you.
Cutlery, goblets, candelabras, geometric decorations for the table, lanterns can be bronze to decorate and make the atmosphere of a contemporary Ravenclaw couple more magical.
The second combination is a little more romantic. The color palette is declined in a retro mood: bronze goblets that seem to drag the couple to Hogwarts with candles, candelabra on long, open tables, like the Hogwarts Great Hall, put on with greenery, flowers, and candles. The touch of romanticism is given by the pink that accompanies blue, bronze and the ever-present white cream of flowers.
Retro dusty blue
I know, the third combination includes dusty blue shades, “dusty blue”, which is more reminiscent of Beauxbaton’s uniforms rather than Ravenclaw. However, its combination with bronze is so beautiful that I could not include two palettes. Especially if the wedding venue is in the morning and it is believed that blue is too dark.
Besides, if Aunt Jo imagined variations for Hermione (in the theatrical performance The Cursed Child), why can’t we imagine the Ravenclaw blue of any lighter tone?
Industrial dusty blue
The fourth and last combination is always a light blue but in an industrial key for a pair of more contemporary Ravenclaws.
Tips for themed weddings
Finally, I finally give you a series of small tricks:
- Make bottles of olive oil as a favor for your guests and you will be able to set up a table with candles and lanterns that could remind you of Snape’s Potion Class (if you want you can choose different sizes of bottles).
- Ravenclaws love knowledge: you can give the tables the names of your favorite books, elements of the periodic table (has anyone said Alchemy?).
- The common room is decorated with stars: the names of the constellations or stars can be a beautiful reference to the series (the Black’s Family Tree can help).
- An antique guest book with a feather pen for the thoughts of your guests.
- Lastly, if you have Potterian friends, you can hide some objects from the saga (a time-turner, a symbol of the deathly hollows, a phoenix) in the room (i.e. between the pots of the candy-bar, on the table of favors) and who finds them everyone will be proclaimed magician/witch guest of the evening. Be sure to organize a similar game for Muggle guests (i.e. discovering the theme of marriage).
What do you think of the Ravenclaw style wedding? What is your favorite combination? Write it in the comments.
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Next week we’ll be back with the most famous Hogwarts House: Gryffindor!
Bye for now.